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UNESCO names Ghana’s Accra as World Book Capital for 2023

– – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named Ghana’s capital, Accra as its World Book Capital for 2023. The West African nation will host the World Book Capital after Mexico’s Guadalajara in 2022. In a statement UNESCO said “the city of Accra was selected for its strong focus on young people and their potential to contribute to the culture and wealth of Ghana.” It said picking Accra was because of its proposed programme that “seeks to use the power of books to engage these young…

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Ghanaians call for their country to be fixed with a street protest

– – Thousands of Ghanaians mainly young people on Wednesday staged a street protest, demonstrating over the state of the country’s economy and general state of development. What started as a social media campaign months ago with the hashtag #Fixthecountry, has now become a major movement led by young people. Wednesday’s protest lasted for over four hours with protesters holding placards that read “dishonesty and lack of patriotism gave us year of no return”, “Ghana is most religious but most corrupt country” among others. Young people in Ghana stage a…

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Dead dolphins and fishes washed ashore in Ghana

– – More than 60 dead dolphins and tonnes of different species of fish have been washed ashore along the coasts of Ghana. In Axim-Bewire in the Western Region, over 60 dolphins were washed ashore on Sunday, April 4, 2021. Prior to that discovery, tonnes of large species of fish have also been spotted in Osu in the capital Accra and Keta in the Volta Region. Environmental officers have taken samples of the species of dead fish and sea mammals to the laboratory for analysis following suspicious that they did…

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Ghana secures $2.6bn deal for SkyTrain project

Ghana on Monday signed a concession deal with South African-based African Investment SkyTrain consortium to develop its train system. The deal is meant to cover a project called the Accra SkyTrain Project. A memorandum of understanding was signed last year. On the sidelines of the ongoing African Investment Forum in Johannesburg, officials from Ghana and the South African based consortium finalized a deal for the project which will cost $2.6 billion. The deal was signed by Ghana’s Railways Development Minister, Mr Joe Ghartey and Mr Hubert Danso, Director of AI…

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Shatta Wale: Ghana’s dancehall artiste inspiring the next generation

In his makeshift studio in Ghana’s capital city Accra, 35-year old Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr simply known as Shatta Wale is busy working on a new song detailing the struggles of young people. He had just launched his new album ‘Wonder Boy‘ which comes barely a year after his ‘Reign’ album was released. Despite being on a short break, the popular Musician isn’t resting, but determined to still produce a song he promises will be a hit soon. The dancehall artiste has a huge following in Ghana because of…

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Ghana: Military officer charged in failed coup plot

State prosecutors in Ghana have charged a senior military officer for his role in a failed attempt to destabilize the country. Colonel Samuel Kojo Gameli and another civilian, Gershon Akpa who is an employee of the Ghana Armed Forces were charged on Friday. They were said to be part of the plot to overthrow the government. Prosecutors charged them with possession of explosives and ammunition without lawful excuse. The government on Monday said in a statement that some individuals were involved in an “elaborate plot targeted at the Presidency.” It…

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Ghana to host 1st African Cocoa and Chocolate expo

From the 4th to the 6th October, 2019, the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) will host the maiden edition of the African Cocoa & Chocolate Expo (ACCE) in the heart of the nation’s capital, Accra. For three days, this historic gathering would assemble and showcase innovations and achievements by entrepreneurs and change-makers in the cocoa value-chain in Africa, at the Accra Tourist Information Centre, adjacent Afrikiko and the French Embassy. Hundreds of cocoa and chocolate lovers from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Nigeria, UK, the Netherlands and the United States, among…

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The very best of Ghana’s ChaleWote arts festival

This year Ghana’s popular arts festival Chale Wote was held on the occasion of 400 years since the first set of Africans left the shores of Ghana to serve as slaves in America. From August 12 to 25 the festival gave hundreds of artists the opportunity to showcase their talents through artworks in Ghana’s capital Accra. Artworks of different forms depicting unique stories about the African community and history were on display. Focus was on slavery this year and the need for Africans in the diaspora to return home to…

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Ghana: Man fakes suicide attempt to create awareness

A man in Ghana on Tuesday staged a fake suicide attempt creating panic in the capital Accra. The unidentified man was seen sitting on top of 20-foot statue of Obetsebi Lamptey, one of Ghana’s Independence heroes. He was supported by some residents to climb on top of the statue with the help of a ladder, according to local media reporting. The man only known as Dr. Think Twice then shouted he will jump to his death because “My wife has left me”. He had claimed it wasn’t worth living any…

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Ethiopia, Ghana have highest hotel room rates in Africa

Ethiopia and Ghana have been ranked top of the list of African countries with highest hotel room rates. The ranking was done by STR, an American company that tracks supply and demand data for multiple market sectors, including the global hotel industry. Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa city ranked first posting Africa’s highest average daily rate (ADR). Between July 2018 and June 2019, Addis Ababa posted an average daily rate of $163.79. Accra Area in Ghana came second posting an average daily rate of $160.34 and Lagos Area in Nigeria came third…

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